Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 3,695
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 41.87%
Wants: 86
Gots: 1,377 | FT: 1
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 06-19-2013

COLOR Bright Copper / 11 SRM
IBUs 45
YEAST STRAIN Samuel Adams Ale Yeast
MALT VARIETIES Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60
HOP VARIETIES American Cascade, Simcoe®, Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo
CAL/SERVING 198 per 12oz serving
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Photo of tzieser
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Best by December 2015.

L: light amber in color, slightly hazy with a fluffy white head that lingers for a very long time. a very nice looking beer.

S: a nice hoppy aroma with a bit of citrus and pine. a bit of sweet bready malt in the back. nothing groundbreaking, yet slightly above average.

T: hops all over the place, with a bit of orange peel and finishing with pine bitterness. malts are fairly well balanced throughout, adding a bit of sweet bread and honey notes. not a very clean finish. overall, good IPA flavor yet not enough to differentiate itself from the 1000s of others being brewed these days.

F: surprisingly strong malt balance leads to a fuller body than most west-coast style IPAs. finish isn't as dry nor as clean as it should be.

O: a pretty average west-coast style IPA. not quite as good as lagunitas (c'mon, we all know that's what this beer is striving for) but is still good enough on it's own. worth it when on sale ($13/12 pack).

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Photo of Urk1127
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Smell of grapefruit and adjunct maltyness. Golden orange color. Very smooth, creamy. Taste is up front citrus peel, grapefruit, not but bitterness but its there. Aftertaste is the Sam Adams malt profile. Solid. If sold cheaper, would buy often. Its good but there is better for the $11 IPAs

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden, decent fingernail length head, sudsy lace. Raw grain aroma, oily hops, faint citrus and a sweet malt and honey towards the end. Malt forward with a sweet finish. However, the oily and mildly piny hops are definetely there. Not a hop bomb but a good amount for balance. At 6.5% ABV this one is very drinkable and even feels like a fuller bodied session ipa. I love the oily and slick mouthfeel that coats the tongue.
I've had this in the past and was not immediately mores see until now. I really like it for what it is; a really tasty and milder IPA that is accessible. This wouldn't be a bad IPA to introduce to the uninitiated.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a clear deep gold, without a lot of head but a thin layer seems to stay. swirl the glass and you get some lacing staying on the sides. lots of carbonation. Edit - (after pouring a second glass i got a 2 finger foamy white head, sometimes i guess its in the pour lol)

Aroma - on the forfront of the nose I get pine resin hops maybe a slight floral smell and some grapefruityness in the back. I can also smell very slight amounts of malt. overall the nose is not super strong but the hops predominate.

Taste - taste is the exact same as the nose, the pine resin is the strongest taste. and theres a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Its not the worst IPA ive tasted and its not the best. If your choices consisted of bud or this take this.

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Photo of bigzack420
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.75

Very floral and citrusey with a slight bitterness at the end don't have much experience with ipas so don't have too much else to say but definitely not a bad beer

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The IPA style has been a challenge for Boston Beer Company, my favorite craft brewer thanks to Boston Lager, Octoberfest, Winter lager, Christmastime and others. Ultimately, Samuel Adams is one of my favorite brewers because they were one of the founders of the craft beer revolution with their excellent lagers. It hasn't been much of an ale house.

Rebel IPA is good though. It's a sneaky IPA. It really grows on you. I didn't get it at first. Popping out the cap, Rebel upped the ante on even the piney aroma of a Torpedo, thanks to much dry-hopping. In mid-glass, even, a hint of cattiness seemed to creep in. How did this get past Koch was my question.

Now, I get it. Like a newly opened bottle of wine, fresh from the brewery Rebel needs to breathe for a few minutes. Decant Rebel into a good beer glass and leave it for a minute or two. You'll be glad you did. With the extra care, Rebel's excess of pine dissipates. The IPA opens up into citrus, predominantly grapefruit, with only a hint of pine. After a few weeks in the cupboard, the excess of pine is gone right out of the bottle.

With the aroma tamed, the taste is in proportion. It's very good. The aroma stays full, never fading to the bottom of the glass.

The look is excellent. It's similar to established IPAs - amber with a touch of orange. The distinction is in the head and lacing. The head foams up abundantly, and lacing is pronounced to the bottom of the glass.

The smell, once decanted, is a high 4 or a 5. This score is just the result of the extra effort required to access the good nose. It's a classic IPA citrus aroma, with a hint of pine. Nice.

The taste is very good. It is a citrus taste initially, with a hint of excellent malt body and flavor behind it. The malt feel of richness is not really enough compared to Lagunistas, which results in an initial feeling that the taste is a little more like grapefruit on a thin cracker than a feast of grapefruit and cake. However, it's sneaky. As the performance of the head and the lacing suggest, the malt is extremely high quality. As a result, it sticks with you and really tastes excellent, with a trademark suggestion of honey and paradise.

I actually drank Lagunistas after Rebel and mistook the lingering excellence for Lagunistas. Nope. It's Rebel and the Samuel Adams spare-no-expense quality. So the flavor is just excellent, as it builds.

The feel is a little thin compared to Lagunistas or Total Domination. That's where this solid effort can be improved.

The body of the malt is not shooting the lights out at all in Rebel. It's not watery, but it's not distinctively good. If you've had Octoberfest you know how thick Sam Adams can brew. Drinking a Lagunistas is an experience - citrus and grapefruit aroma, initial grapefruit and citrus taste followed by notable malt body. I suggest drinking a Rebel first to get the awesome Rebel flavor combined with Lagunistas' thicker malt feeling. Lagunistas alone has a ho-hum malt flavor, but some body. Rebel has the flavor but is too thin. Jim Koch, it should be easy to add some thick malt feeling to Rebel. Make it so!

I respect Koch for saying he wants to get better all the time. I think he really does try to improve continuously. Unlike industrial brewers, Samuel Adams competes on quality, not price. The Boston Lager has the excellent noble hops aroma, the delicious indefinable initial taste, and the deep rich malt body with a hint of caramel. Rebel isn't hitting the ball out of the park, but it's close.

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4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Not bad for a mass production ipa.
Very drinkable. Good ipa to choose if no micro brews are available.
Floral pine Citrus ..
Good color and feel.
Like i said good choice when all others are not available.
Not my first choice. .but would pick if i had to choose among the regular beer selection.

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Photo of puck1225
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on draft in 22 oz. mug. Clear golden yellow with a small head. Hoppy but not over powering. Not really very floral or citrusy. Not a bad beer to have when the tap list is limited.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks amazing. High carbonation, thick frothy white heard, foamy lacing all the way down. Nice. Smells of light grass and pale star, slightly juicy and watery. Taste is more floral with notes of pollen and green grass and fresh thyme. Slight tart lemon finishes with a mild dry bittering. Feel is a little on the weak side and little to no aftertaste except for a slight west bread sweetness and some more grassy notes. Overall, I'm really impressed this came from Sam Adams. This is a very modern feeling light refreshing ipa. Would drink again. Would recommend.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad at all, actually. Has a very Sam Adams character to it; certainly isn't as much of a big "west coast" IPA as advertised but for what it is I think it is downright tasty. This brewery really does have their own style and taste and I really appreciate that about SA. Try it out.

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Photo of Doug_Kozisek
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight out of the bottle. My last experience with Samuel Adams was at their brewpub in the TWA terminal in St. Louis, so you know how long ago that was. Wasn't impressed at the time cuz we were killing time between flights and all they had at that time was Boston Lager. Their double IPA can stand on its own and I may have to try some of their other brews.

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Photo of mjurney
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden-amber color, chill haze. Good amount of carbonation rising. Bright white head.

Citrus, floral, sweet bready malts.

Hop bitterness up front, mostly citrus-floral, a little herbal. Malt background, bready, sugary, caramel. Finish is bitter, crisp and semi-dry. Body is medium, refreshing, crisp, easy drinking.

It's a very good American IPA.

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Photo of GregHarold
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a good entry-level IPA that I can enjoy while sharing with friends more accustomed to cheap yellow domestics. There are very slight notes of citrus hops and very little bitterness...standard IPA aroma and flavor with none of the punch. It's light and fizzy on the tongue. Something to fill the cooler with at a picnic. Overall, Rebel is a pretty weak IPA, but I won't turn my nose up to it. I've seen it turn more than a few uninitiated swillers into burgeoning hop heads.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why the ratings are so low on this. Probably because Sam Adams isn't cool to beer snobs anymore, which I don't get. Anyway, to me this is just as good as mother higher rated IPAs like Green Flash or Titan.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa recently since I never had this before and I wanted to review all three of the Sam Rebels. I expected this to be a typical take on a West Coast IPA and sure enough, that's what this turned out to be. I think that there were too many hops used in this beer and even though it was a textbook example of how to brew one of these, nothing in particular stood out to me.

The pour to this was nice as the beer had an amber hue that was nearly clear, a frothy head that quickly settled, and sufficient lacing along the back side of my pint glass. Lots of pine in the nose along with an earthy hop presence and a bit of weed that one would find in a dank West Coast IPA. A bit of resin, caramel, and more earthiness in the taste as the beer had a good mouthfeel that wasn't too thin or too slick. A fair amount of carbonation kept this light and this finished relatively dry as well. A bit of herbal tea could be found in the aftertaste, which meshed nicely with the hop oils that stuck around for the duration.

While not a session beer, it wouldn't be that hard to quaff a few of these in one sitting. As I always say on here, IPA's are a dime a dozen and this one didn't stand out from the pack at all. With that being said, it was nice to see Sam Adams up their game with this and move away from the novelty beers that dominate the endcaps in liquor stores around here. A great example of this style that goes down easily while saying true to form and proof that Sam Adams is making an effort to stay relevant, even if their recent efforts have been less than outstanding. An easily enjoyable beer that fittingly ended up being my 1,000th review on here.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Veiled golden color with powerful activity. Frothy beige half a finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of citrus orange and butterscotch. Flavors of fruity orange, lemon, tropical fruits, roasted grains, a little corny, caramel, floral and herbal spices. Bready, grassy, and slightly biscuity. Well balanced sweetness and sharpness.

Creamy smooth medium body with perfect zesty carbonation. Medium intensity finish of short length, ending with a zesty citrus feel, some herbal spices, and a little roasted malts.

Overall a decent craft offering nice flavors and great freshness. Good balance but slightly off with the corn flavor. More accessible than most IPAs being a little faint for the AVB.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber, a little hazy, 2" head than diminishes to a film, light lacing.

Smells like a good IPA. Pine, citrus, hops.

Nice taste. Typical IPA sort of thing. Finishes dry.

Feels really light for a good IPA. This is where I thought it was lacking.

I love IPAs, and this is a decent to good one. I would certainly drink it again, but it would not be one of my top IPA choices.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant gold under a fluffy and clingy 2” white foam collar.
S: malt, faint grass, citrus, pine, mint, floral.
T: Biscuit malt with an array of hop flavors – citrus, fruit, melon – with a dry finish. Big hop flavors but well balanced.
F: Very creamywith a medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: A big, flavorful, well balanced IPA.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Average IPA Color. Pours a nice golden-amberish. Mid-sized head, pours pretty hefty then begins to disappear a bit.
Smell: Very mellow, citrusy and floral with a hoppy finish.
Taste: Again a very citrusy and floral taste with a bitterness from the hops. The taste is again pretty mellow but noticeable.
Feel: Fairly light.
Overall: Very solid IPA. It's extremely mellow for an IPA, which makes this beer easy to drink. The flavor and aroma is notched down a bit. It doesn't have an extreme flavor(but I mean that in a good way). So, overall a very solid IPA. I would buy it again.

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Photo of illpass78
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. on draft at Ruby Tuesday in Westbrook, Maine. Poured into a mini-tankard type thing that appears to have been chilled in some way.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy straw with a thing white head. Some white sheets of lacing on the way down. Lace dissipates fairly swiftly.

Aroma: Some fruity hops along with grassy aroma.

Taste: Grapefruit is the main flavor here. Also some grassy bite and a touch of maybe pineapple. Some tasty hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light of body. Very drinkable at 6.5.

Overall: Tasty, mild-ish IPA. If you say you dig "session IPAs" and claim this beer is subpar, I call balls on you. Perfectly solid IPA.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny color, a little muted to the nose, reasonable in the mouth. Typical SA maltiness, not terribly hop forward. A good solid "back up" IPA and the price and availability are definitely right. I've had this one on tap with dinner at 2 of the larger chain eateries and I think its fuller flavored on tap.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When I first had this beer a few years back I thought it was disgusting. Swore to never buy it. However, my buddy brought it over while we were building a file cabinet smoker, and it was actually pretty good. Not sure if it wa because of my palate changing, their recipe changing or because I was dying for a beer. Medium to subtle body and hop profile made it a pretty good cold brew.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours transparent golden with a nice big head on it. Smell is of hops (of course) but more subtle than other west coast ipa's that I've tried.

The taste is good, but again, slightly less hop forward than other west coast style ipa's. Its a good beer, just not an amazing one.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Generally not a fan of SA, but was surprised to really enjoy one on tap, so I picked up a six of bottles, enjoy before date of 10-15, so it's getting past its prime.

But this is good and even special in some ways, especially how nicely its individual traits come together into a whole while not leaving the beer without character. It's a great summer ipa, and though it is imitative of the Stones and Sierras you probably won't mistake it for one. And it is close to the pa side of ipas as others have said.

It's not spectacular--except for the lacing, which belongs in the Louvre--but its subtle excellence will please many hopheads as well as those who only occasionally drink ipas.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden blonde to copper gold, pours with slight white head and lacing is incredible, slight haze to it.
S-A somewhat muted and mellow citrus and floral aroma.
T- A mild IPA with orange, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors and somewhat floral. Exhibits some sweetness. Not much for malt body and the hop character does not remain for the long haul, instead it makes a rather hasty exit. A clean and pleasant finish.
M- Moderate amount of carbonation and a bit thin on the malt side.
O-While this may be an attempt at a West Coast IPA, it fill role of a slightly hopped pale ale. A middle of the road IPA and certainly there are many others that qualify as a hopped pale ale.

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.